Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Public Accounts Committee
Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)
Last week, I asked Mr. Reid if there would be any questions arising from the purchase by the HSE of PPE that was unusable and I was left with the impression that the answer to that question was "No". The document I am holding up, received under a freedom of information, FOI, request, indicates that the hand sanitiser referenced last week was only one of 30 in respect of which the HSE was engaging with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ensure compliance. As members can see, almost all of the information is redacted. I accept that some of the products listed may well have been donations and that some may have been cleared. How many of the products purchased by the HSE have, to date, not been cleared for use and what is the total value in that regard?